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Department

  • History
  • School

  • School of Arts and Sciences
  • Expertise

  • Late-medieval and early-modern England
  • legal demographic and social history
  • L.R. Poos specializes in the history of England in the later-medieval and early-modern periods, roughly from the fourteenth to the seventeenth century.  His research focuses upon social, demographic, and legal history.  His most recent book – in collaboration with Professor Lloyd Bonfield of New York Law School – is Reports of Sir Peter King, Chief Justice of Common Pleas, 1714-1722, 130 Selden Society (London, 2017).  His current project is a case study of contested marriage and property in sixteenth-century Lancashire, entitled Love, Hate, and the Law in Tudor England: The Three Wives of Ralph Rishton.  He is also working on a reconstruction of land use and settlement in the parish of Stebbing (Essex) from the thirteenth to the sixteenth century, employing Geographical Information Systems (GIS) analysis.

    Professor Poos’s teaching encompasses the histories of rural society, crime and state-building, religion, marriage, and population change.  He has a particular interest in digital humanities and their applications to research and learning, and in early Japanese history.  Current and recent graduate students have done dissertations and research projects in subjects ranging from Reformation-era England, to disease and crime in early-modern London, to archaeology and history in late-medieval Ireland.

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    Selected Publications

    • Reports of Sir Peter King

      Reports of Sir Peter King

      Lloyd Bonfield and L.R. Poos, Reports of Sir Peter King, Chief Justice of the Common Pleas, 1714-22, 130 Selden Society (London, 2017)

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    • Lower Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction in Late Medieval England

      Lower Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction in Late Medieval England

      L.R. Poos, Lower Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction in Late Medieval England: The Courts of the Dean and Chapter of Lincoln, 1336-1349, and the Deanery of Wisbech, 1458-1484, British Academy Records of Social and Economic History, New Series 32 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001)

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    • Select Cases in Manorial Courts 1250-1550

      Select Cases in Manorial Courts 1250-1550

      L.R. Poos and Lloyd Bonfield, Select Cases in Manorial Courts 1250-1550: Property and Family Law, 114 Selden Society (London, 1998)

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    • A Rural Society after the Black Death

      A Rural Society after the Black Death

      L.R. Poos, A Rural Society after the Black Death: Essex 1350-1525 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991)

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    • Time Sanctified: The Book of Hours

      Time Sanctified: The Book of Hours

      Roger S. Wieck, with Lawrence Poos, Virginia Reinburg, and John Plummer, Time Sanctified: The Book of Hours in Medieval Art and Life (New York: George Braziller and the Walters Art Gallery, 1988)

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